Titel: Angels in America
Nederlandse/Belgische titel: -
Uitgebracht: Nederland, 2 oktober 2004 / België, -
Genre: Fantasy/Drama | 352 min. | 12 jaar
Productiemaatschappij: = Avenue Pictures Productions - TV Miniserie | Budget: $60.000.000 (geschat)
Oorspronkelijk uitgebracht: USA, 7 december 2003
Boek als: -
Strip als: -
Hoorspel / Luisterboek als: -
Acteurs / Stemmen o.a.:
Pacino, Al - (Roy Cohn (5 episodes, 2003)
Parker, Mary-Louise - (Harper Pitt (5 episodes, 2003)
Wright, Jeffrey - (Belize (5 episodes, 2003)
= Kirk, Justin - (Prior Walter (5 episodes, 2003)
= Shenkman, Ben - (Louis Ironson (5 episodes, 2003)
= Wilson, Patrick - (Joe Pitt (5 episodes, 2003)
It is 1985: Ronald Reagan is in the White House, and AIDS is causing wide-scale death in America. In Manhattan, Prior Walter tells Lou, his lover of four years, that he has AIDS; Lou, unable to handle it, leaves him. As disease and loneliness ravage Prior, guilt invades Lou. Joe Pitt, a Mormon and Republican attorney, is pushed by right-wing fixer Roy Cohn toward a job at the United States Department of Justice. Both Pitt and Cohn are in the closet: Pitt out of shame and religious turmoil, Cohn to preserve his power and image. Pitt's wife Harper is strung out on Valium, causing her to hallucinate constantly (sometimes jointly with Prior during his fever dreams), and she longs to escape from her sexless marriage. An angel with ulterior motives commands Prior to become a prophet. Pitt's mother and Belize, a close friend and drag queen, help Prior choose. Joe leaves his wife and goes to live with Lou, but the relationship doesn't work out due to ideological differences. Roy is diagnosed with AIDS early on, and as his life comes to a close he is haunted by the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg.
As the film continues, these lost souls come together to create bonds of love, loss, and loneliness and, in the end, discover forgiveness and overcome abandonment
Angels in America is a 2003 HBO miniseries adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tony Kushner. Kushner adapted his original text for the screen, and Mike Nichols directed. Set in 1985, the film has at its core the story of two couples whose relationships dissolve amidst the backdrop of Reagan era politics, the spreading AIDS epidemic, and a rapidly changing social and political climate.
HBO broadcast the film in various formats: two 3-hour chunks that correspond to “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika”, as well as six 1-hour “chapters” that roughly correspond to an act or two of each of these plays; the first three chapters (“Bad News”, “In Vitro”, and “The Messenger”) were initially broadcast on December 7, 2003 to international acclaim, with the final three chapters (“Stop Moving!”, “Beyond Nelly”, and “Heaven, I'm in Heaven”) following.
Angels in America was the most-watched made-for-cable film in 2003, garnering much critical acclaim and multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards, among other numerous accolades. In 2006, Seattle Times listed the series amongst “Best of the filmed AIDS portrayals” on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AIDS.